Gino Bartali was an amazing man. He won the Tour de France in 1938 then again in 1948. The ten-year span between Tour wins is still a record. Gino almost certainly would have won more Tours but WWII interrupted the Tour de France for several years. During the war Gino risked his life helping Jews by transporting forged documents in the seat post of his bike. In 1948 Italy was on the verge of civil war and Gino’s win united the country and some historians believe it averted war.

Later in his life Gino Bartali gave this advice to his son: “If you’re good at a sport, they attach the medals to your shirts and then they shine in some museum. That which is earned by doing good deeds is attached to the soul and shines elsewhere.”

Reminds me of Galatians 6:9-10., “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:9-10.

Bro. Paul